Vacancy Notice N° o49/2016
Senior Project Officer (Grade B5)
Directorate of Programme Co-ordination
Office in Ankara

Closing date: 29 September 2016
Location : Ankara

Job mission

Under the authority of the Head of Office and the supervision of the Directorate General of Human Rigths and Rule of Law (DGI) of the Council of Europe, the Senior Project Officer carries out multiple assignments to meet the overall and specific objectives for the implementation of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Strengthening Judicial Ethics in Turkey”, in co-operation with the donors, partners and other stakeholders, and in compliance with the organisation’s regulations and/or donor requirements.


Note: The incumbent may be required to travel within Turkey.


Employment is limited to the duration of the Project (end date 11/12/2017).


Key activities

The Senior Project Officer shall perform the following tasks, in close co-operation with the Project team, and in accordance with the Organisation’s procedures, guidelines and priorities, with a concern for quality, efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality:

  • plans, organises, implements and follows up on programme activities in accordance with the work plan and its calendar of activities and in close co-operation with national partners and stakeholders;
  • supervises administrative and logistical support to implement the Project;
  • reports on activities in progress and if and when problems occur;
  • suggests priorities and adjustments to the content, methodology or the workplan as necessary;
  • contributes to the drafting of Project reports; prepares and submits any other documentation and reports as required;
  • ensures close budgetary follow-up of all activities and expenditures;
  • oversees the preparation of Project Steering Committee and ensures proper follow-up to decisions taken;
  • ensures the visibility of the Project;
  • undertakes official journeys in connection with the Project activities;
  • carrys out other tasks as may be required in connection with the Project activities;
  • contributes to the efficient functioning of the office, in collaboration with the Head of Office, the Deputy Head of Office and the direct Project management in Strasbourg.


Please note that the incumbent may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.


Eligibility Requirements

This local recruitment procedure is open to applicants already present in Turkey.


Only applicants who best meet the following criteria will be considered for shortlisting.



Completed full course of general secondary education and appropriate professional qualifications.

A university degree in public administration, political science, law, international relations or related fields would be an advantage.


  • At least five years relevant professional experience at national level in managing projects and providing technical assistance on issues related to the judiciary in Turkey.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of Turkish (mother tongue level);
  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English).


  • Nationality of host country or one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


  • Under 65 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice.

Employee Core Values

Council of Europe staff members adhere to the values Professionalism, Integrity and Respect.




  • Professional and technical expertise:
  • Proven experience in project management and implementation of technical co-operation or policy-oriented projects, preferably in the field of the judiciary;
  • Proven ability to lead a team and to coordinate the work of international and national consultants;
  • Knowledge and understanding the Council of Europe standards, principles and work in this field;
  • Knowledge of the on-going judicial reforms in Turkey;
  • Knowledge of the overall political and social situation in Europe, in particular in Turkey;
  • Knowledge of project management tools (Project Management Methodology, logframes, etc.), as well as contract management in this field, will be an asset.
    • Management of teams
    • Planning and work organisation
    • Analysis and problem solving
    • Concern for quality
    • Results orientation
    • Communication
    • Relationship building


For more information, please refer to the Competency Framework of the Council of Europe.


Additional information


Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system. By connecting to our website you can create and submit your on-line application. Applications must be submitted at the latest 29 September 2016 (midnight Paris time).

Applications will be examined with regard to the requirements of this vacancy and applicants will be informed in due course of the outcome of your application. This may take some time after the closing date. Preselected candidates may be invited to take written tests before an interview. Written tests may be eliminatory.

In accordance with the Staff Regulations of the Council of Europe, the compulsory retirement age is 65. We cannot therefore accept applications from persons over this age.

The conditions of recruitment and employment which apply are contained in Rule No. 1234 of 15 December 2005 laying down the conditions of recruitment and employment of locally recruited temporary staff members working in Council of Europe Duty Stations located outside of France apply (Link to Rule 1234).

The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

During the different stages of the recruitment procedure, specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.


The Organisation

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading organisation in the protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law. It was founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between its members and now includes 47 member states, all having signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.

By Statute, the Council of Europe has two constituent organs: the Committee of Ministers, composed of the member states’ Ministers for Foreign Affairs, and the Parliamentary Assembly, comprising delegations from the national parliaments. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe represents the entities of local and regional self-government within the member states. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial institution within the Council of Europe mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in member states.

The European Court of Human Rights is the judicial body which oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned.